B i o g r a p h y

Dave Roth, a freelance percussionist in New York City, has been performing and teaching for over 30 years and has appeared in over 200 cities worldwide.  His most recent show was performing in the North American premier of King Kong on Broadway!  Prior to that he held the percussion chair in Cats, Finding Neverland, Evita, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story at famed Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Pirate Queen where he also served as an assistant conductor.  In between his own shows he spends time subbing other shows like Mrs. Doubtfire, Mean Girls, Come From Away & The Bronx Tale and most recently Sting's The Last Ship, Cinderella, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Billy Elliot, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Anything Goes, Mary Poppins and The Addams Family.  He also played on Come Fly Away, Promises Promises, Hairspray, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, Curtains, Cry Baby, The Drowsy Chaperone, Mamma Mia, A Dancer's Life (the Chita Rivera Story), Lestat and Saturday Night Fever.  He has also performed in numerous musicals throughout the world including the North American and Asian tour of West Side Story, the national tour of Mamma Mia and the national tour and European tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe. Additional regional productions include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Will Rogers Follies.

Dave has also freelanced with orchestras throughout the midwest and east coast. Some of these include San Antonio Symphony, New York Grand Opera, Harrisurg Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Chamber Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with Sir Paul McCartney, Aloe Blacc, Joni Mitchell, Ricky Martin, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Art Garfunkle, Doc Severinson, Henry Mancini, Michael Martin Murphy, The Chieftains, Pincas Zuckerman, Susan Anton and many more.


In addition to being a percussion coordinator, percussion arranger and clinician throughout the midwest and east coast, he held teaching positions at San Antonio College and the Universtity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas up until 1996. During his tenure there he received runner-up in the 1993 International Percussive Arts Society's Composition Competition with his work entitled "Three Episodes: for Two Percussionists". Dave trained at Kansas State University where he received his Bachelors of Music Degree and also at Northwestern University in Chicago where he received his Masters of Music degree in percussion performance. He has trained with some of the highest regarded professionals in the music business. They include: Terry Applebaum, Northwestern University; Al Payson, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Stan Finck, Kansas State University; Luis Andino, Cuban percussionist; Bernard Wona, National Theater of Ghana. 


Dave is a proud artist endorser for Yamaha Percussion, Paiste Cymbals, Latin Percussion & Vic Firth sticks and mallets.